Abbrederis caught two of three targets for 24 yards during Saturday's preseason game against the Jets. Abbrederis played in 41 of 66 offensive snaps Saturday -- which is 20 percent more than the next closest receiver -- so it appears Lions management is taking a long look at the Wisconsin product as they look to solidify the bottom of the depth chart. With Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay all looking like locks to make the final roster, Abbrederis is essentially competing with T.J. Jones, Jace Billingsley and Keshawn Martin for the No. 4 and a potential No. 5 receiver job.
Abbrederis, along with TJ Jones, appears to be well ahead of his competition from a route-running standpoint, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports. Behind starters Golden Tate and Marvin Jones, just Kenny Golladay -- a 2017 third-round pick -- is a lock to make the Lions' final roster come September. Only one or two more receivers are expected to join them and the pair of fourth-year receivers in Abbrederis and Jones appear to be the frontrunners for those jobs. Jace Billingsley is in the mix as well, as are Keshawn Martin and Ryan Spadola, but the latter pair would likely only make the roster for what they could provide on special teams. Things may change when the pads come on in training camp, but Abbrederis (6-foot-1, 195 pounds) is just as tall and nearly as heavy as anyone he's competing with, so his slender size shouldn't be too much of an issue.
Abbrederis will compete for the No. 3 receiver job this preseason, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports. After being released by the Packers due to his injury history, Abbrederis signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions in January. Having played the slot in Green Bay, the third-year wideout seems like a natural fit for the No. 3 spot behind Marvin Jones and Golden Tate in Detroit. However, he'll have to fend off competition from TJ Jones, Jace Billingsley and rookie Kenny Golladay.
Abbrederis signed a reserve/future contract with the Lions on Monday, The Detroit News reports. The Packers plucked Abbrederis out of the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but the Wisconsin product only tallied 10 receptions across three seasons before parting ways with the team last October by means of an injury settlement. However, with both Anquan Boldin and Andre Roberts set to hit free agency in the offseason, Detroit could represent a viable landing spot for Abbrederis to make greater on-field contributions, should he ultimately crack the final roster in advance of the 2017 campaign.
Abbrederis (quadriceps) will be waived by the Packers after reaching an injury settlement with the team on Thursday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. The second-year wideout was placed on injured reserve last week after suffering a thigh contusion earlier in the year. In two seasons with the Packers, Abbrederis recorded 10 receptions for 119 yards in 15 games. The 25-year-old has dealt with injuries throughout his career but will now look to return to full health in the hopes of finding his way onto another team's roster or practice squad in the future.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@New York Giants||13||21.29|
|6||10/15||@New Orleans Saints||29||24.75|
|9||11/07||@Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|14||12/10||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||20||22.88|
|17||12/31||Green Bay Packers||33||29.11|
|3 Year Avg||9||5||60||0||2||12.00||6|